The Xbox Series X will feature 802GB of usable storage

We now know exactly how much storage the Xbox Series X will include upon setup.


With the Xbox Series X set to launch in just under two months, we’re finally getting some concrete details about the next-gen console. We’ve known for a while now that console will pack an internal 1TB SSD, and now we know exactly how much of that space players will be able to use on day one. After formatting and installing necessary files, the Xbox Series X will feature 802GB of usable storage. 

Those familiar with digital storage units, whether it be for a gaming console or a computer, are aware that the actual storage available is always a bit less than advertised. This is because the operating system and essential files need to be downloaded in order for the device to run properly. The Series X will lose just under 200GB, leaving players with 802GB to install games and apps on their device. 

This confirmation comes from IGN, as the site was one of several who received early Xbox Series X consoles from Microsoft. After the initial boot-up and launching of the console, they noted that there was 802GB of storage available. This is a bit of an upgrade from the Xbox One X, which saw its 1TB of storage reduced to 780GB after all necessary formatting was complete. 

Storage space on the Xbox Series X has been a hot-button topic over the last week or so. Microsoft recently showed off their custom additional storage cards for the Series X and Series S, which will be the only units compatible with the console’s internal NVMe SSD. With a price tag of $219, fans were debating the merit of a storage drive that costs nearly half the price of the console itself.

We here at Shacknews will be closely following the Xbox Series X up to and through its release on November 10. Stay with us for the latest news on the next-gen console.

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    September 29, 2020 8:00 AM

    Donovan Erskine posted a new article, The Xbox Series X will feature 802GB of usable storage

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      September 29, 2020 8:17 AM

      Seems about right. A fresh 1TB drive is about 931.32GB of actual storage. So this leaves about 129 GB for system storage/Quick resume etc. And as mentioned in the article, the Xbox One X only had 780GB Usable. PS4 Pro has 862GB usable for comparison.

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        September 29, 2020 8:26 AM

        Which perfectly explains the whole "5-6 games can quick resume"

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        September 29, 2020 9:21 AM

        all reasonable, but suggests the XSS will only end up with 336GB usable.

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          September 29, 2020 9:42 AM

          seems like it'll feel cramped like the 360 20GB model, but thankfully a lot easier to use backup storage on day 1

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            September 29, 2020 9:53 AM

            yeah, i'm not overly concerned. if i can keep 3-4 AAA games installed at a time i'm not stressing it. i'm also lucky to have uncapped gigabit though.

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              September 29, 2020 10:02 AM

              Same here... especially for all the sweet gamepass downloads I will be doing.

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              September 29, 2020 11:06 AM

              Ditto. It's amazing how gigabit internet changes your local storage requirements

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          September 29, 2020 9:53 AM

          And as a digital only console, this does not look good. The $300 price quickly becomes $520 after you add the 1TB capacity extension.

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            September 29, 2020 9:56 AM

            it's not a big deal, just get an external usb hard drive and swap out

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              September 29, 2020 9:59 AM

              Sure, but you would have to swap out a game to USB 3.1 drive, then swap in the game you want on the NVMe drive to play it (Xbox S or X games)

              Not sure how easy this process will be, but hopefully its just a few clicks.

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                September 29, 2020 11:04 AM

                What has been said in the first around of impressions (which are limited still) reports are that it's not bad at all and doesn't take real long to do the transfer either.

                I guess this seems a reasonable compromise. Possible that the external NVMe storage comes down in cost a lot within the lifecycle of the system. Given how bleeding edge the storage is in both systems, it's not unexpected that some kind of trade off had to be made. And, I guess currently this is better than PS5 which hasn't given it's final info on how it will support external storage. I assume it'll have the same high cost as that Seagate drive. Actually, it could be even more since the raw speed is higher. Probably means lower yields on the chips to hit the performance targets.

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                September 29, 2020 11:41 AM

                I think the IGN video showed the transfer/data management UI but its really easy. Fast too

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          September 29, 2020 1:45 PM

          Before the generation is finished, there may be a game that ships which is bigger than the whole free space available

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            September 29, 2020 2:14 PM

            Yeah COD l33thax0rz 2022 u r notredE edition

            I think cod mw takes 300+ on ps4 if not even more.

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      September 29, 2020 8:46 AM

      Seems pretty reasonable to me

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      September 29, 2020 9:19 AM

      More than enough storage for me. I don't usually have more than one game on the go on console, so I don't mind installing and deleting. This is still a good chunk of storage.

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      September 29, 2020 9:39 AM

      Sounds good, as long as it can store 4 or 5 games at once of varying complexity.

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      September 29, 2020 11:07 AM

      That works. Hopefully the expandable storage cost comes down in the first year. Otherwise, I still have a powered USB 1TB drive that I can archive off to.

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      September 29, 2020 11:09 AM

      that's fine I'll just delete what I'm not playing and download what I want to play

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        September 29, 2020 1:46 PM

        Same, but copy from USB 3

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          September 29, 2020 2:29 PM

          It copies about 50 gig to a 3.1 USB drive in about 2 to 3 minutes so sounds fine and "cheaper" than getting the 1 TB expansion.

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      September 29, 2020 1:37 PM

      I hope decimal wise it's 802.11 GB of space.

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      September 29, 2020 2:23 PM

      Wow and the 3080 only has 10gb. This card is going to be put out to pasture before people can even get them.

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